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World’s ‘largest women’s rally’ held in Pakistan

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Jale Arif
WVoN co-editor 

Around 100,000 women gathered in Karachi last Sunday at a rally for improved rights and gender equality.

Entitled: ‘Empowered women, strong Pakistan’ and billed as the largest women’s political rally in the world, it was organised by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a political party in Pakistan.

Women attending the rally carried placards reading:  “Say no to Domestic Violence” and “We Condemn Domestic Violence”.

They also waved MQM flags and carried posters of the founder and leader of the MQM, Altaf Hussain, who addressed the rally from London by telephone, saying:

“The world over, women are considered equals in every sense. Unfortunately and sadly in Pakistan they continue to be treated worse than animals.

“Women in Pakistan are subjected to treatment meted out to second-or-third-class citizens. Worse, they are treated like animals. Crimes like honour killing, wani and marriage to the Quran are rampant under the veil of tradition.”

He added that political and religious parties should bear witness to the revolution of women and that the empowerment of women would mean a better Pakistan.

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  2. Dr. Laila Mathore says:

    I got a chance to see this gathering over the channel and i felt touched by looking at the cheering and dancing women in Karachi pk. It was really a good move of any political party to accept women equally to men. I dont know much about MQM but it seems that they are really organized.

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